The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Does selenium really lower heart disease risk?

    A review of observational studies has concluded that higher selenium concentrations in blood are associated with a lower risk of heart disease and vice versa.

    But the most important statement in the report is the next one.

    “Because observational studies have provided misleading evidence for other antioxidants, the validity of this association is uncertain.”

    That’s right, these studies might make good copy for your average newspaper or website looking for something to trumpet. But I think the readers of this blog know better.

    Again, the authors rightly conclude, “Evidence from large ongoing trials is needed to establish low selenium concentrations as a cardiovascular disease risk factor. Currently, selenium supplements should not be recommended for cardiovascular disease prevention.”

    10/8/06 15:28 JR

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